• The Chancellor does not want to compare the current migration situation in Germany with that of 2015.
• Citizens could expect politics to manage, manage and reduce flight and migration.
• In this context, Merkel also mentioned the decision to bring refugees to Germany in a European “coalition of the willing”.
• Interior Minister Seehofer told the SZ that he was “confident that together with other EU countries we can now come up with a very reasonable solution”.
Merkel: “2020 is not 2015”
BerlinChancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) has countered fears in the Union parties that the influx of migrants at the Turkish-Greek border could again lead to a very high number of refugees in Germany. “2020 is not 2015,” said Merkel on Monday at a German-Greek economic forum in Berlin. Citizens could expect politics to manage, manage and reduce flight and migration. With this aim in mind, she had held many talks in the past five years and is also leading her in the current situation, said the Chancellor.
Merkel called Turkey’s action on the European external border in Greece “unacceptable”. Greece has a “great responsibility” for all of Europe and deserves full solidarity and support. In this context, the Chancellor also mentioned the long-drawn-out decision by the Union and the SPD from Monday night to bring children from Greek refugee camps to Germany in a European “coalition of the willing”.
Despite all concerns in the Union, Federal Minister of the Interior Horst Seehofer (CSU) also welcomed this project: “I am confident that together with other EU countries we can now find a very sensible solution,” he said Suddeutsche Zeitung. Above all, sick and traveling children would have to be brought out of desolate Greek camps, the younger ones with relatives. “When many of the children in the Greek refugee camps are five or seven years old, we can of course not separate them from their parents,” said Seehofer. “It goes without saying.” The decision as to which children have priority must be made jointly with Greece.
The Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis in Berlin called for Turkey to change course on migration policy. Greece and the EU could not be “blackmailed”. Mitsotakis spoke of a “critical” time for Greece and Europe. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan met with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in Brussels in the afternoon to discuss the situation in Syria; in the evening he also met with Council President Charles Michel and Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.
In the run-up, she tried to lower expectations: this was only the beginning of talks, it was about getting back into a dialogue at all. At best, it could be possible to agree on a common plan for the next steps. Michel said before the start of the meeting that one had “different opinions about different things”. It is important that the EU-Turkey agreement on migration is implemented. EU diplomats expect Erdoğan to request further financial aid from the EU. But that is currently not up for debate. At most, it could be about a faster payment of already committed funds.